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6 newbies + beer: Friday’s Eat the Street

Pirogis, yakitori, K-pop tacos, dark chocolate s’mores, sangria …

Posted October 23, 2012 by Mari Taketa

If you’re a regular to this site, you know we usually preview Eat the Street with a closer look at one or two newcomers. This month that goes out the window: A record six newbies ranging from a new Russian pirogi truck to Kohnotori, the longtime yakitori joint tucked away by Puck’s Alley, join the mix, as does ETS’ first-ever beer tent.

All ground-breaking, but let’s start with the beer. It gets its own tent for the 21-plus crowd on the South Street side of the mega-lot, no entry fee. And to celebrate this month’s Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Latin food theme, you’ll find sangrias there too. I mean, !. !!!

Now for the newbies:

Pirogi, a three-week-old truck slinging deep-fried thin crispy stuffed pies cooked up by Andre and Marina Kasyanov. All good and wonderful because they’re from the recipes of Marina’s Ukrainian grandmother. Fruity cream cheese pirogis, veg pirogis, meat pirogis.

Firehouse, straight and fusion tacos. As in al pastor tacos, K-pop tacos, chamorro tacos. All with red rice and salad.

Photo courtesy of Chuco Townsend

Bentos, Mochi and Delectables. Guess what they sell? Just kidding, it’s all gourmet. Mochi truffles, Waialua dark chocolate truffles, Marshmahalos, salted caramel and killer guadajillo pepper dark chocolate s’mores and Maui vanilla bean s’mores. And more.

Luibueno’s, the two-year-old Haleiwa mainstay, coming to town with an assortment of Mexican, Latin American and Spanish/Basque dishes.

Subpreme, Hawaii’s first fusion banh mi truck. Look for pulled-pork cubanos with ham, pickles and mustard, and the rib-eye steak sand and turkey pesto BLT, all available as full or half-sizes with Subpreme’s zesty curly fries.

Kohnotori. It’s about time yakitori came back to ETS, and here’s Kohnotori, older than Yakitori Yoshi (that once was), older than Yakitori Glad. Teriyaki chicken, arabiki sausage and maybe even fresh shiitake mushrooms, all grilled to order and served on sticks. Plus — and here we’ll need a drum roll — takoyaki. That’s right, oozy doughy hot octopus balls, a first ever for ETS. And perfect with that beer.

What: Eat the Street Dia de los Muertos
When: Friday, Oct. 26, from 4 to 9 p.m.
Where: 555 South St. in Kaka’ako (at Halekauwila, kitty-corner from Restaurant Row)
Admission: Free
Parking: On-site and street parking


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  1. MyongChoi
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 6:06 am

    K-pop tacos, yakitori, and now beer! Sounds like I gotta make a visit this month!

  2. Melissa808
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 7:13 am

    I love Bentos Mochi!!!!

  3. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 9:05 am

    EO:  What?  The yakitori place has a truck?  or could it be a tent deal?  Will the tent serve sake since it is technically a beer?

  4. KevinSOshiro
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Must try Lui Buenos, before that it was Rosie’s Cantina next to Pizza Bob’s (which is probably still there on the North Shore area).

  5. nonstopmari
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    @MyongChoi sounds like a tailor-made invite if u ask me ;)

  6. nonstopmari
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    @Melissa808 wish i didn’t have to miss this one, heard their s’mores are killer. also want to know what a marshmahalo is

  7. nonstopmari
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    @Annoddah_Dave tent! and no re the sake, why don’t u come to one of my sake events?? i peg u as a ginjo guy

  8. nonstopmari
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    @KevinSOshiro that’s right, good chance to try the noshore trucks/booths

  9. Melissa808
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    @nonstopmari I posted the Marshmahalo on instagram a couple weeks ago before I ate it

  10. nonstopmari
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    @Annoddah_Dave That reminds me, sake shop at 1461 s king st is having a sake-chocolate tasting this sat. It’s free, from 4p i think, diff sakes paired w padovani chocolates. Blv me it works ;)

  11. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 8:53 am

    @nonstopmari EO:  let me know when, thanks.  I think you have my Email address.

About Mari Taketa

Mari Taketa is a dedicated eater who's as opinionated as she is hungry. She covered everything from neighborhood mom-and-pop places to ethnic eateries to fine dining restaurants on Honolulu's dining scene for Metromix Honolulu and The Honolulu Advertiser's TGIF. Before that, she ate her way through Vietnam, Scotland and Japan, where she lived, traveled or worked, after recovering from a journalism career that included stints as editor-in-chief of Hawaii Business magazine and reporter and editor at The Associated Press. Her goals are to always be hungry for more, and to always want to know what's around the next corner.

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